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Democracy Now! Wednesday, December 24, 2003


Published December 24, 2003


Headlines
Mad Cow Suspected in Washington State
Malvo Sentence: Life in Prison
Bush Least “Pardon Friendly” President
White House Faulted On Uranium Claim
Iraq: Truck bomb kills four
Al Jazeera: Saudi Will Not Forgive Iraqi Debt With IGC
More Headlines…

Mad Cow in Washington: First Case of Dreaded Disease Detected in U.S.
Mad cow disease was detected in the United States for the first time ever when a cow slaughtered in Washington state earlier this month tested positive for BSE. We speak with John Stauber author of Mad Cow USA and Howard Lyman a former cattle rancher-turned-vegetarian and food safety activist.

Declassified Documents: Bechtel Planned to Evade Iraq "Genocide" Sanctions in 1988
Newly declassified documents reveal how construction firm Bechtel planned to evade economic sanctions imposed by Washington after Saddam Hussein used poison gas on Iraq’s Kurdish minority and additional documents show that Donald Rumsfeld went to Baghdad for a second visit in March 1984 deliver a private message about WMDs.

DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo Sentenced to Life in Prison
A jury yesterday rejected the death penalty for sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, sentencing him instead to life in prison without parole for a spree of random attacks that killed 10 people in the Washington D.C. area last year. We hear from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

First Amendment Pardon: Comedian Lenny Bruce Pardoned 40 Years After Obscenity Conviction
Comedian Lenny Bruce, who died in 1966 of a drug overdose, was convicted on an obscenity charge after a performance in New York two years earlier. We speak with First Amendment expert David Skover, author of The Trials of Lenny Bruce: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon.

Do Americans Shop Too Much? A Christmas Eve Look At Consumerism in the U.S.
As American consumerism reaches its climax on Christmas Eve we speak with sociology professor Juliet Schor author of The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need and Do Americans Shop Too Much?


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